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Praying for a Wayward Son

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My wife and I pray daily.  Our son’s safety especially consumes our prayers.  Despite our prayers, last night he was arrested.  He is out on bail but refuses to accept God into his heart. He argues that God is not real. I feel that I have somehow let him down.  Maybe I did not do enough to raise him right?  Maybe I should have prayed harder?  I feel empty. He is twenty-two years old and this is his second drug arrest.

Response

Do not blame yourselves. I suspect he would have been arrested anyway, no matter how many prayers you offered. God hears our prayers but when it comes to others, they must be disposed or open to God’s grace and help. Keep praying for his conversion. Let him know that you will always love him. Do not despair. God’s providence is mysterious. We cannot know what the future holds. Hopefully, the day will come when your son will turn to the Lord and amend his life. Right now, he may not believe in God but let him see and know the “reality” of your love for him.

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